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6 People Missing in Dangerous Water after Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

By Injury at Sea

On Tuesday, March 26, a 948-foot-long cargo ship leaving the Port of Baltimore crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the bridge to collapse into the Patapsco River. 

With dangerous water temperatures, search and rescue teams are working relentlessly to find the six missing workers and have already rescued two other individuals.

Maryland’s Governor Moore declared a state of emergency in Maryland and has been in direct communication with Pete Buttigieg, U.S. transportation secretary as investigations for the incident have been underway. President Joe Biden is expected to visit Baltimore, pledging federal support for rebuilding the bridge.

GLP Attorneys hopes that the missing construction workers are found soon and that everyone involved in the accident can heal emotionally and physically.

What Caused the Bridge to Collapse?

According to official reports, the cargo ship lost power and issued a mayday call right before it hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge. While details are still being uncovered, there are several explanations for the unusual crash. 

A shipping expert noted that the crash could have been the result of engine failure, steering failure, or a generator blackout. The management company, however, reported that the cargo ship, Dali, had a momentary loss of propulsion, causing it to veer off track. 

Investigations are still ongoing and the National Transportation Safety Board is examining whether the construction of the bridge could have played a role in the collapse.  

Commercial Dangers at Sea

The Patapsco River which the Francis Scott Key Bridge connects through is 50 feet deep with a water temperature of under 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Weather Service warns that these are dangerous temperatures to be exposed to for prolonged periods of time due to the risk of hypothermia. 

Thankfully, none of the crew members aboard the vehicle were harmed. However, crashes like this one reminds us of the dangers that commercial fishermen and seamen face when working at sea. 

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The information contained in this update is provided for informational purposes only. Please contact your attorney to obtain advice on any particular legal matter.

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